GALATAS GAZETTE

September 10, 2021

Contact Information

Denae Wilker, Principal

Candace Mathis, Assistant Principal

Lyndsey Christopher, Counselor


Through the collaborative efforts of all who pass through our door, we provide a safe learning community that develops lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

SCHOOL PICTURE DAY-Thursday, September 16

Fall pictures are the photos that will be appearing in the Galatas Yearbook. An ordering information sheet went home with your child last week. This year, the pictures will be pre-payed, and there are two payment options. You are encouraged to go online to purchase your child's photo; however, if you prefer, an order form was sent home with your student today.


1. You may order photos online by visiting the link below to pre-pay your fall photos. This link will be available from now until September 21.


2. You can also choose to pay with cash or check with the ordering form that went home. If you choose to pay with cash or check, the form must be turned in by picture day, September 16.


Please see the schedule below for your student's scheduled picture time.


*Students enrolled at the Virtual Academy will have their pictures taken on the picture retake day, November 11. More information will be available in early November.

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4th Grade Safety Patrol

Fourth Grade Robotics Club

Galatas Elementary has a unique opportunity to participate in the FIRST LEGO League “Cargo Connect” competition. FIRST LEGO League introduces elementary and middle school students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.


If your child is interested in being a part of this team, please have your child fill out an application and return it to his/her homeroom teacher by Friday, September 17, 2021. Click on the button below for more information on robotics and the application form.

Roadmap to Remaining Open

The content on the Roadmap to Remaining Open webpages are designed to provide information relevant for the 2021-2022 school year. The details on this page are subject to change as we receive guidance from the Texas Education Agency, Governor’s Office, and State and local officials. Please check back often for the most up-to-date information.


Currently, the District Safety Alert Level is Level 4. To see the full Safety Alert Levels chart, please click on the Roadmap to Remaining Open button below.

Can my child go to school today?

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Reporting Student Absences and Requesting Make-up Work

To report an absence for your child, please do one of the following before 9:00 a.m.:


  • Call our attendance line at 936-709-5014 and leave a message stating your child’s name, teacher’s name, reason for the absence, person reporting the absence, and a phone number,
  • call the main number (936-709-5000) to report the absence, or
  • email rcurtis@conroeisd.net with your student's absence information


If your child will be absent for an extended amount of time, you may request missed classwork from your child's teacher. The teacher will let you know when the work will be available to pick up from school or when the work is loaded onto an electronic learning platform (Canvas or See Saw). At this time, there is not an option for an absent student to learn virtually.


When your child returns to school, a note explaining the absence should be brought to their teacher, and/or families should follow the return to school guidelines provided by our school nurse.

Lunch and Campus Visitors

Due to the CISD Level 4 Safety Alert, we are not currently able to have visitors at lunch or during the day. We will notify our Galatas community when we are ready for guests to join us. Thank you for your understanding.
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A Message from the School Nurse

Please keep your child home if they are showing any signs of illness or reporting that they do not feel well.


For example, if your child comes to you in the morning and reports any of the following symptoms: cough, sore throat, stomachache, or headache, or tells you they had diarrhea or vomiting, DO NOT send them to school. Please keep your student home and monitor the symptom or symptoms until they resolve.


Keep students home if they are waiting for results of a COVID test (even if the student is asymptomatic). You may refer to the CISD Roadmap to Remaining Open at the link above for specific health information.


NEW Update - When a student has a positive COVID result, parents will now self-report through their student's SSO at sso.conroeisd.net

  1. Log-in to the student's SSO portal (same as scheduling a test) and click on the Self Report button.
  2. Parent acknowledges they are the parent/guardian of this student and enters their name.
  3. Parent completes the required information and clicks submit.
  4. Parent receives a popup with information about isolation, severe symptoms, attendance, and a return to school date.
  5. Parent receives an email with the information contained in the popup.


Free COVID-19 testing is available to all CISD employees and students Monday-Friday at the CISD Police Department located at 2900 N. Loop 336 E. Conroe, TX 77301. You must schedule a test through the CISD SSO in the COVID Central app prior to arrival.


Medication at school: If your child needs medication while at school, please email Mrs. Riggs, Galatas School Nurse at kriggs@conroeisd.net to set up an appointment to drop off the medication.

Join the PTO and Support our Greyhounds

Please support our school by joining our amazing PTO. The link below will take you to the Galatas PTO website, where you can join the PTO and explore ways to get involved at Galatas.


It is a great way to get connected with our Galatas community and other parents.

Volunteer Opportunity

We are able to have a few volunteers assist in the Office Copy Room. This volunteer opportunity will be in the Copy Room off the front office only; it will not involve any interaction with students.


All volunteers must have completed the CISD Volunteer by visiting https://apps.conroeisd.net/volunteer/


Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up.

  • Copy Room volunteers will make copies and laminate materials for staff members. Prior Copy Room experience is preferred; we cannot provide training on how to use the copier. If you have volunteered in another school making copies, this copier is the same as other schools.
  • Volunteers must adhere to all current District and Campus guidelines relating to health and safety. When checking in at the front desk, staff will ensure that guidelines are understood and followed.
  • Only the volunteer that signs up may enter the building. We cannot accommodate children or other visitors at this time.


Please call 936-709-5000 with any questions. Thank you!

Don't Be Tardy...

Students may arrive to school beginning at 7:30 AM. Our morning announcements begin at 7:55, helping to set the tone for the day as we discuss the day's menu, birthdays, upcoming activities, and other school news. Helping your child be organized to arrive at school on time helps reduce classroom interruptions and distractions that happen when students arrive late.


Students are considered tardy if they arrive to school after the 8:00 AM bell rings. At that time, they will need to stop by the front desk to get a Tardy Pass before going to class.

Counselor's Corner

CALLING ALL 4TH GRADE TOP DOGS: SAFETY PATROL


I want to give a big shout out to my wonderful first group of Safety Patrols! You all did an amazing job at keeping our car riders and biker/walkers safe every morning and afternoon. I’ve appreciated your dedication and your positive attitudes each day!


If you have a Top Dog at home that would still like the opportunity to participate as a Safety Patrol this year, it’s not too late. I still have some spaces available on crews working later in the year. You can find the application at the link below. Completed applications may be emailed to me or turned in to me at school. If your Top Dog applied during the summer, I have all my applicants on a list and I will send a formal invitation once it is their turn.


Safety Patrol Interest and Application Letter


CISD's Parent Resource Center (PRC) is hosting a virtual series for parents of children with disabilities. These one-hour sessions cover many topics that may be of interest to our families. Please see the two photos below for information about the sessions, log-in information and the PRC phone number in case you may have any questions.

Drop-off Procedures for Forgotten Items

Please help your student be fully prepared for their day by ensuring that they have all needed materials (backpack, lunch, water bottle, etc...) before leaving for school in the morning.


To minimize interruptions to classrooms, please limit drop-offs to the following items:


  • Water bottles and lunches may be placed on the Drop-off table before 10:00 a.m. at the front office. These items should be labeled with your child’s name and section number to ensure proper delivery. Items are taken at 10:00 a.m. to a drop-off table at the end of each hallway, so please email the teacher to let them know that you have dropped off the water bottle or lunch.
  • If you need eye glasses delivered to your child, please do not put them on the drop-off table. Bring them to the office staff for immediate delivery to your child.
  • Any class work or homework that is dropped off will be placed in the teacher’s mailbox to be picked up during the day.


Delivery of flowers, balloons, etc. to students at school are not permitted.

Save the Date!

Parent Information Sheet

Please download and print the Parent Information Sheet for your quick reference.

Transportation Changes

Transportation change notepads will be sent home with each student on the first day of school. Please use these forms any time a student needs to go home in a different way from the permanent designated mode of transportation.


All transportation changes must be received in writing by 2:00 p.m. We are unable to accept a phone call. You may send a written note to your child’s teacher (place it in your student's PAWS folder), or fill out a form in the front office. Please include the date, your child’s full name, section number, bus number (if applicable), and your signature. If an emergency arises, you may send an email to galatastransportation@conroeisd.net . The e-mail must include all of the above information, including a parent signature, and must be received before 2:00 p.m. If you submit a transportation change by email, it must go to the email address referenced above; transportation changes should not be emailed directly to the teacher.


Please send a new note for each day the change occurs; we cannot accept notes for multiple days or with multiple changes. District policy states that a student may only ride the bus they are registered to ride; students may not have a transportation change to ride a different bus.

Upcoming Events

September

14 PTO Meeting: Virtual (link will be sent later) – 10:00 a.m.

16 Individual Pictures

23 New Comer Coffee- 9:00 AM


October

5 Walk to School Day

8 No School: Student Holiday

11 No School: Holiday

12 PTO Meeting-10:00 a.m.

15 Kinder and 4th Grade Group Pictures 8:15 AM

18-22 Book Fair

19 Bedtime Story Night-6:00 and 7:00 p.m.

22 Storybook Parade-8:30 a.m.

25-29 Red Ribbon Week

28 3rd Grade Program 6:30 PM

29 Science Day


November

9 PTO Meeting- 10:00 AM

11 Individual Picture Retakes

12 Movie Night 6:30 PM

15-19 Generation Texas Week

18 Thanksgiving Festivities, Kinder and 1st Grade

19 Galatas Fun Run

22-26 No School: Thanksgiving Break


December

6-10 Hour of Code

10 4th Grade Choir Program 8:30 AM

13 Holiday Party: Kinder (1:30 PM)

14 PTO Board Meeting-9:00 a.m.

14 Holiday Parties- 2nd (10:30 a.m.) & 1st (2:00 p.m.)

15 Holiday Round Robin–3rd (10:00 a.m.)

15 Holiday Party/Service Project- 4th (8:15 a.m.) & Special Programs (1:45 p.m.)

17 Polar Express Day (Students wear p.j.’s)

17 Early Release Day, End of Nine Weeks– 12:10 p.m.


December 22-January 4 Winter Break


January

5 Classes Resume

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